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PASTORAL SUPPORT

The decision to join the Sixth Form is an important one that shows a commitment to furthering your educational and personal development.  This decision effectively results in the formation of a three-way partnership, with the partners being yourself, your family and the academy.  This outlines our expectations of you as a student and highlights what we will offer you in return.

We will provide:

  • An appropriate programme of courses for you.
  • Opportunities for personal, cultural and social development.
  • Quality teaching, feedback, support and guidance throughout the Sixth Form, including a programme of careers and higher education advice and counselling.
  • Monitoring of your progress, reporting to you and your family on a regular basis.
  • Support and encouragement and time to listen to your concerns.
  • The appropriate resources, facilities and study time to enable you to fulfil your potential.
  • Support in applications for courses or employment after your time at Wrenn. 

PARENTS

Our Partnership
We take the view that parents have a crucial role to play in gaining success for their sons and daughters. We want you to be involved and we want you to feel you can contact us if they have a problem. We promise to keep you regularly informed about your child’s progress and about the developments at Wrenn Academy Sixth Form. In particular we offer you:

  • 3 progress reports through the academic year
  • An opportunity to meet your child’s subject teachers in February for Parents’ Evenings. These meetings will give you up-to-date information on your child’s development in each subject as well as details on how they can improve further.
  • A “Briefing Evening” in September for parents of Year 12 students. On this evening we outline more fully our expectations of students.
  • A UCAS evening to help new Year 13 students and parents know the UCAS process and all it entails.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Miss Ellis at lellis@wrenn-academy.net

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

All members of the Sixth Form are required to designate one session per week to help in the life of the school or the wider community. Work experience takes place outside the school, for example at a local primary school or an out of school club. We also include a report on what has been done in the students’ annual report. Work experience should be used to gain essential skills in the student’s future career plans. If a student has plans to become a doctor, work experience should be organised for a hospital or similar venues. This experience will vital and most UCAS courses expect students to have experience in the area they wish to study. Previous work experience placements include:

·         Radiography in a hospital

·         BBC radio

·         Photographer at a concert

·         Helping out with a Music, Media Club or sports club in your community

·         Leading a sports team or practice session

·         Helping out at a local Primary School

·         Helping out at a local Youth Club

·         Leading a Brownie or Cub Pack

So how do you get a placement?

1.      Discuss your ideas with your tutor, parent(s) and friends. Ideally, your placement should help support a future job or university application. What do these people think would be a good placement.

2.      Once you have a sound idea contact the relevant person in person or by letter. Outline what you would like to do and why you would like to do it. Let them know that this would, ideally, be for an hour a week (unless you want to devote more time to it).

3.      If this person agrees you should then let your tutor know what you will be doing, when and with whom and fill in a form with the relevant details. The placement should be external to Wrenn and we need to know that you will be safe and insured.

4.      You are now ready to start. Good Luck!

 

Previous students’ comments on their work experience Placements:

“I have helped Year 5 children at my old Primary School to improve their reading skills. I have helped with activities at my senior school, including Parents’ Evenings and new students’ induction days. These activities improved my ability to communicate with different age groups. I also helped to refurbish the Sixth Form garden, improving the facilities and doing my bit for the Sixth Form Community”.

 “I participated in an after school Film Club at another school because I have always been interested and passionate about films, in particular, the creativity that is required to produce a good picture. I felt that taking part in this club would widen my knowledge further and would be invaluable in later life. I also took part in clay modelling animation lessons, where I learnt and taught younger pupils of the school how to create a 10 second animated cartoon”.

“Currently I am attending a local Primary School on a weekly basis as a classroom assistant. I am analysing the behaviour of the children and the various teaching techniques. This has made me aware that controlling a class of thirty children can be quite difficult but with the correct approach and patience this can be done. I am enjoying this experience and the primary teachers have commented on my natural teaching flair and confident handling of the pupils”.

 “I helped at a learning support centre at Rushden and Diamonds Football Club one evening a week for several months. Here Year 8 students who found it challenging to learn at school were encouraged to learn in a style to suit them. I feel that I helped their education by motivating them. This was shown through the positive feedback I received from the students, their teachers and the learning support assistants at the centre. This has increased my drive for success in my A Level and university results, so that I may become a teacher in the subject that I love.

“For work experience I attended a local infant school where I worked with children between the ages of 5 and 7. I spent time helping them with their school activities such as learning about measurements, artwork and reading. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them. This helped me to get experience of what teaching is like in a real school setting. The experience I gained while working with young children has given me great knowledge and understanding of what goes on in the classroom.

“For work experience I worked at Northampton General Hospital in the radiography department.  I watched people have their x-rays taken, analysed the film and was able to work out whether there was an issue.  It was interesting to see how the body had to be manipulated into the correct angles to get the clearest shot. X-rays are a lot harder to read than I thought they would be.  You have to determine the natural bone wastage from hairline fractures and shadows that could be something more sinister.  I really enjoyed my experience.”